Well, just wanted to wish everyone a cordial merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Elder Stott and all my buds here in beautiful Costa Rica!
Looks like I'll be enjoying a toasty hot Christmas at about 85ish degrees so it looks like I'm on Heat-Meiser's team this year. haha
Well this past week was super packed!
Tuesday - we went caroling in the park as 2 zones combined which was cool! A lot of people loved my Santa hat with an attached beard - gotta keep things crazy here haha.
Wednesday - We headed to the Old Folk's home to sing carols, act out a play, play board games, and just hang out! I actually really really enjoyed being there and making some new friends - even if they fell asleep on me! I promise I'm not boring company haha ;) I took pictures with my Saint friend (not sure which Saint he is - because there's so many of them here haha).
(if you click on these on your mobile devices they open a more clear pic)
Thursday - we found a lot (I mean a lot) of homeless people or people that have very little and we shared with them too! We had some clothing-drives to collect clothing for them & we also cooked food and brought food to them. I even met a guy who served in the Israeli Army which was pretty dang cool to get to meet him.
Friday - I had divisions with Elder Fuentes in Santa Cruz where I did a ton of baptismal interviews. Those are always way interesting hahaha. But it was a good time being with old friends and being with a friend of mine over there in Santa Cruz. We (Alfaro and I) invited the other district to ice cream which was pretty cool as well.
Saturday - the zones had a baptism where there was 5 people getting baptized. One of the little girls wanted me to baptize her so, even though we didn't have a baptism, we got to have a part in it. Actually it was pretty funny because I could not, for the life of me, find my white pants. So I had to borrow a pair of size 28 pants and they were SO FREAKIN TIGHT! - I felt like a boy band singer from One Direction or something hahaha. And to make it worse, they made me lead the music in the meeting so that I would have to go in front of everyone. Good times for Elder Stott... haha
Well it's crazy how time flies so fast. Now all my shoes have holes in them haha... I'm really thankful for the time that I have here in the mission as well that I have quite a bit of time left too. I love serving! And even though it's the hardest thing by far that I've ever done, I completely love it. I've said before, there are lots of hard times, but the good times are far better and stronger than the bad.
I hope that we can all remember the true Christmas Spirit and why we truly celebrate. I love my Savior and I am so grateful for Him and all that He's done for me!
Be safe! And let it snow ;)
- Elder Stott